Mr. Giorgi Pertaia, Head of Georgian National Investment Agency
Mr. George Bachiashvili, CEO, Georgian Co-Investment Fund (GCFund)
Mr. Mamuka Bakhtadze, CEO, Georgian Railway
Dr. S. Frederick Starr, Chair, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
Tuesday, November 12, 5-7 p.m.
Rome Auditorium, 1st Fl., the Rome Building
SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Reception and light refreshments, 5-5:30 p.m., precede the actual program.
Georgia is an important element of the strategic transportation network connecting Europe and Mediterranean basin to broader Central Asia. Multiple pipelines, air and sea ports, railway and highway systems cross Georgia and help the country integrate with the regional and global economy. Georgia has made significant progress in the reduction of regulatory burden and ease of registration procedures ranking among the world’s top ten on the World Bank reportDoing Business 2013. In late November, Georgia is likely to initial an Association Agreement with the EU. Despite of these significant achievements, the country is facing serious economic challenges dominated by high unemployment and slower growth as well as limited domestic and foreign direct investments. This Forum will address the question of how Georgia’s public and private sectors plan to address such economic challenges.
The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute is a primary institution in the United States for the study of the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Caspian Region. The Institute, affiliated with Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, forms part of a Joint Center with the Silk Road Studies Program, affiliated with the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy. Additional information about the Joint Center, as well as its several publications series, is available at www.cacianalyst.org.